LITTLE GIRL’S VIRAL VIDEO: MAHIRUH IRFAN, a little 5-year-old kid, whose innocent appeal out of exasperation due to the stifling pedagogy of online education brought some gravity to the issue.
Recently, a few days back, Mahiruh was seen in a video addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi about her overburdening online class schedule.
Mahiruh Irfan said,
“Why do madam and sir give so much work to small children who are six years old? From the time I wake up till 2 o’clock, I have continuous classes — English, math, Urdu, EVS, and then computers. Why do they give so much work to little children, Modi Saab?”
By Monday, this video went viral on Facebook, Twitter and was being associated with all the kids who are at the brink of exhaustion due to the hectic schedule of online education. Even the audio platform ClubHouse was talking about the video, the little girl, and the issue.
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LITTLE GIRL’S VIRAL VIDEO BROUGHT A CHANGE
Soon, on Tuesday, the J&K administration decided that for classes 1 to 8, the online classes will not be conducted for more than 90 minutes. Even this duration will be divided into two sessions.
And that for classes 9 to 12, the duration of the online classes would be limited to 3 hours.
J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, responding to a tweet that shared the video, directed the School Education department to frame a policy to help school children deal with the stress of online learning.
Very adorable complaint. Have directed the school education department to come out with a policy within 48 hours to lighten burden of homework on school kids. Childhood innocence is gift of God and their days should be lively, full of joy and bliss. https://t.co/8H6rWEGlDa
— Office of LG J&K (@OfficeOfLGJandK) May 31, 2021
LG of the UT, Sinha, while announcing the administration’s decision mentioned the following:
- to reduce the duration of online classes
- for interacting with parents, Pre-primary on a given day shall have only 30 minutes
- to avoid homework up to class 5th
- to plan joyful learning experiences engaging parents as well
Further, LG Sinha added that children need more time to play and also to interact with parents to have the biggest learning experience for each child.
Mahiru’s Mother said that the kid had recorded the video by herself adn that her mother had uploaded it just as a WhatsApp status. As per her, from being a casual WhatsApp status, the video took a life of its own and not just got viral but also brought about a major policy change.
Meanwhile, Mahiruh, a class 1 kid, has now added the word viral to her dictionary as when everyone receives the message on WhatsApp it’s viral.
On being asked about Modiji by her Father jokingly and if she knows him, Mahiruh says he is the Prime Minister and that he has a white beard now. Whereas her mother teasingly says that her phone time will now be cut for making the video without permission.
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